Although demand for ink continues to grow, Lancaster City tattoo shop is starting to return to normal during COVID-19 pandemic
The tattoo industry continues to thrive and is expected to grow 6.6% this year.
LANCASTER COUNTY, PA – The owner of Tattoo by Mee in Lancaster City said her store was finally starting to return to normal after an increase in appointments throughout the pandemic.
Mee Feld said that during tax season when people got their stimulus checks, a lot of people were looking for ink. He remembers a Saturday when the artists in the shop did 25 tattoos and couldn’t take it anymore.
“I sent 40 people back in one day,” said Feld, who said clients were willing to travel long distances and offered to pay triple to get body art, according to Feld.
The tattoo industry continues to thrive and is expected to increase by 6.6% this year. According to Ipsos, more Americans have tattoos today than at the start of 2012. Reports also indicate that three in 10 Americans have at least one tattoo, which is an increase from 21% in 2012.
“In the last couple of weeks we’ve literally started to get back to normal so we can breathe,” Feld said.
Feld said he is fluent in body art for clients which is a creative expression for them or their loved ones. These include faith-based tattoos, which Feld said people couldn’t get for a while due to month-long COVID-19 lockouts.
“Some [tattoos] were linked to COVID – some were not, ”Feld said.
Feld said to help with the high demand for ink, he opens the shop between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
Feld believes that body art can be a way for people to simply break free from tiring times.
“People get tattoos for different reasons,” Feld said. “Sometimes you see people at their worst – I mean their worst time of their life and they just need a tattoo,” Feld said.